Welcome to our last week of Why Israel Matters, study friends! You probably noticed this week’s session is entitled Looking for the Blessed Hope. For me, it seems it always comes back to that! So, not only is that the name of this blog, but our study culminates with the same thought: we are to live well as we look for the return of our Blessed Hope…King Jesus.
Over the past two weeks our focus was on bringing the King home (though we know this world is not our home!) Indeed, Jesus will return to culminate each of the three great covenants (Abrahamic, Mosaic and New), initiating the Davidic Covenant. Let’s begin this week’s study with a look at Hebrew 8, where the writer describes a “better ministry/covenant.” Primarily, that “better covenant” refers to the New Covenant, which was better than the Mosaic covenant of law. Consider these things:
- According to verse 1, where is the High Priest seated now? Given that, who do you believe the High Priest is?
- Verses 4-5 indicate that priests on earth “serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things.” I think of the covenants and of the Jewish feasts…all are copies and shadows of the heavenly things. Jesus left this earth to go prepare a place for us. A place filled with SUBSTANCE, not SHADOW!
- Take careful note of the promises of God in verses 7-12. What are some of those promises?
Now, while thinking of those promises, consider what the prophet wrote in Ezekiel 36:24-27:
For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.
God is serious about His covenants with His people! Today, the Jews are restored physically to their land (though many have yet to return home). But one day, they will be restored spiritually. Oh what a day it will be! That will happen when the eyes of the Jewish people are finally opened, they recognize their Messiah, all Israel is saved and they invite their King to return!
I want to share a new release from Aaron Shust, who debuted this song at an ICEJ celebration of the opening of the US Embassy in May. I think it will set the tone for us to close out our study this week. Please listen carefully to the words, and perhaps even go back an look up the verses at a later time. Enjoy!